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Trust Fund

It was good to make my way to Scarborough's Corporation Club to see The Tall Boy, and Bristol-based Trust Fund, knowing that they would surely be less of a disappointment than the morning's murky and overhyped solar eclipse.

Despite this being my second visit to the venue, I still managed to get a little lost on the way there, but nevertheless turned up with plenty of time to buy a drink, settle in, and listen to a DJ set crammed full of everything from The Fall to Hank Williams III.

The first performer was The Tall Boy, Scarborough's go-to one-man-band for when you want to hear a fine mixture of post-punk noise and catchy melodies.

I've seen him perform a few times now, and have to say that this felt like a louder performance than any of the others (in the best possible way). Armed with a mic, a guitar and his pre-recorded 'backing band', The Tall Boy's music was heavy and driving without being overbearingly so, and his stage-presence and interaction with the small but appreciative audience was entirely engaging.

Bonus points for singing one song in French!

The Tall Boy is a regular performer throughout the Scarborough region, and his consistently high-quality performances make him well worth watching if you ever get the chance.

Between the acts, the organisers from Revolutions Music threw a quick raffle, giving away three prizes - and I somehow actually won something! The CD copy of 'Small World Music Collective - Volume 1' is sure to be a mainstay of my morning commute for some time to come, and while I've already seen a few of the local bands featured on it, I'm definitely going to make sure to see the rest of them in the future.

It would be quite reductive to simply review a band by comparing them to other bands that they sort of sound like, so for Trust Fund, I'll simply get it out of the way in the preamble:

The Lemonheads. Los Campesinos! Beat Happening. Belle & Sebastian. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! Weezer. The Wedding Present (on helium).

Right, that's that out of the way - if you've never heard them and need a jumping off point, just imagine the sound of generally joyous indie noise-pop, combining guitar, bass, drums, and gorgeous high-pitched harmonies, and you're already halfway there. Trust Fund created a truly beautiful racket, and it's really just a shame that there weren't more people there to see it.

Not that the low headcount was entirely to the band's detriment - the entire gig had a very personal feel, as the band interacted wonderfully with the audience, joking and chatting between songs.

In fact, one of my favourite moments was when, just after a particularly loud and explosive song, I heard a fellow audience member murmur to another: "That was f***ing brilliant."

While the faster, more propulsive numbers did indeed warrant such a bluntly positive review, the slower tunes were just as involving, with 'Forevre' (sic) being particularly hypnotic. If my phone had gone off during that one, I think I probably would have snapped it in half, rather than disturb that gentle atmosphere.

Trust Fund wrapped up their set with 'Cut Me Out', which is - and I cannot stress this enough - absolutely excellent. I've had it stuck in my mind since I started researching the band a couple of weeks before the gig, and any vague hopes that hearing it live might help to get it out of my head were very quickly dispelled. As a single, it's ideal, combining earworm melodies and a perfect grasp of loud-quiet dynamics into slightly less than three minutes of indie-pop heaven.

All in all, I had thought I'd long since moved past loving this type of light indie music. It's the sort of thing that I remember listening to on late nights down at the beach as a teen, back when you could still never talk to girls and little concerns seemed like the world's biggest problems (something that the jangly 'Essay To Write' touched upon very clearly).

Trust Fund's winning mixture of yearning harmonies, noisy guitars and clattering drums made me feel like that (relatively) fresh-faced teen all over again, if only for a little while.

The entire evening was highly enjoyable, and praise must be heaped upon Revolutions Music for organising and promoting it - I have absolutely no idea why anyone wouldn't want to come and experience such great live music in their own backyard, and I hope that in future, more people will.

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